Incidents of diabetes are increasing in the UK because of the "obesity crisis" the country is currently facing, one sector commentator has claimed.
In news that may be of interest to older persons seeking advice on how to deal with diabetes, Daniel Crockett from diabetes.co.uk said that screening techniques had improved significantly over the past few years.
"[However], there is no doubt that the enormous increase in diabetes is down to other factors," he added.
Health charity Diabetes UK has warned that the number of Britons diagnosed with diabetes has risen by more than 167,000 since last year.
Meanwhile, the total diabetic population is now almost 2.5 million according to new data from GP practices - a rise of more than double the 2006 to 2007 increase of 83,000.
Around 90 per cent of people with the condition have Type 2 diabetes, which is strongly linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight or obese, not being overly active and eating an unhealthy diet.
In the UK, there are currently 2.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes and it is estimated that more than half a million people have the condition but do not know it.